New publication on Springer

We are pleased to share with our community the recently published Springer paper from a new Ph.D. graduate co-supervised by Matthieu Poyade, entitled “Effect of marker position and size on the registration accuracy of HoloLens in a non-clinical setting with implications for high-precision surgical tasks”



Emerging holographic headsets can be used to register patient-specific virtual models obtained from medical scans with the patient’s body. Maximising accuracy of the virtual models’ inclination angle and position (ideally, ≤ 2° and ≤ 2 mm, respectively, as in currently approved navigation systems) is vital for this application to be useful. This study investigated the accuracy with which a holographic headset registers virtual models with real-world features based on the position and size of image markers.


HoloLens® and the image-pattern-recognition tool Vuforia Engine™ were used to overlay a 5-cm-radius virtual hexagon on a monitor’s surface in a predefined position. The headset’s camera detection of an image marker (displayed on the monitor) triggered the rendering of the virtual hexagon on the headset’s lenses. 4 × 4, 8 × 8 and 12 × 12 cm image markers displayed at nine different positions were used. In total, the position and dimensions of 114 virtual hexagons were measured on photographs captured by the headset’s camera.

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